House Bill 584 — Patronizing a prostitute fines

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Bill description: HB 584 would impose fines for the existing crime of patronizing a prostitute.  Rating: -1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for nonviolent crimes? Conversely, does it eliminate or decrease penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes? This legislation would impose higher penalties for the misdemeanor …

House Bill 576 — School technology grants program

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Bill description: House Bill 576 would repurpose a school technology grant program for “digital curriculum.”  Rating: +1 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government?  HB 576 would replace a technology grant program with a digital curriculum grant program. Both involve …

Idaho’s university system moves ahead with social justice initiatives

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Boise State University is at the epicenter of Idaho’s publicly-funded social justice programming. To maintain pole position, BSU will soon hire a “vice provost of equity and inclusion.” The school has ended its advertising for the position, but the university student newspaper quotes campus sources who indicate that plans remain in place to fill the position this year.  “Some universities …

House Bill 512 — Charter school lottery

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Bill description: House Bill 512 would allow public charter schools to have lotteries weighted toward certain groups.  Rating: -2 Does it increase government redistribution of wealth? House Bill 512 would cause some taxpayers to pay for public charter schools “weighted” toward certain groups, if the school’s petition calls for it. In other words, taxpayers whose children may not qualify for …

House Bill 509 — Birth certificates

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Bill description: HB 509 ensures that the sex recorded on a government-issued birth record is not retroactively altered.  Rating: +1  Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise compromise government transparency or accountability? Conversely, does it increase public access to information related to government activity or increase government transparency or accountability? When …

House Bill 546 — Patronizing a prostitute fines

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Bill description: House Bill 546 would impose fines for the existing crime of patronizing a prostitute.  Rating: -1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for nonviolent crimes? Conversely, does it eliminate or decrease penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes? This legislation would impose higher penalties for the …